Pinsky Writes Book on Jewish Feminists

By Purnell T. Cropper | February 2, 2010

Dr. Dina Pinsky, Assistant Professor of Sociology, wrote the book Jewish Feminists: Complex Identities and Activist Lives, published in December 2009. The book deals with how Jewishness and feminism converged in the life histories of  20th century activists.

According to the abstract: “Studying American Jewish feminism from the 1960s and ’70s, Jewish Feminists examines how second-wave feminist activists retrospectively construct their identities as Jews and how these constructions have changed throughout their lives. Dina Pinsky argues that these Jewish feminists experience a sense of ambivalence as both feminists and Jews as they ask how being Jewish makes them different from other women (or feminist men). Drawing from interviews with more than two dozen second-wave feminist Jews, of which five are men, Pinsky describes how these identities sometimes coincide or contrast. The book demonstrates that Jews share a unique relationship to gender, influenced by their experiences and perspectives as Jews. Pinsky adds to the feminist dialogue about cultural difference and intersectionality by exploring the narratives of a group that has long been absent from this discussion.” 

Pinky’s book also was listed  The Chronicle of Higher Education July 29s supplement The Chronicle Review Books & Art Section under Women’s Studies.